Alpatronix HX100 Over-Ear Stereo Bluetooth Headphones & Hands Free Wireless Headset with Built-In Mic for
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Alpatronix HX100 Over-Ear Stereo Bluetooth Headphones & Hands Free Wireless Headset with Built-In Mic for iOS/Android Smartphones & Other Multimedia Devices (Playback & Volume Controls - Retail Packaging) - (Black)
- Overview: Functions both as audio streaming headphones as well as a hands-free telephone communication device. This headset allows the user to perform most of the audio functions related to tablets and smartphones. Functionality may vary with Windows notebooks and desktops.
- Compatibility: All Apple iPhones - 6, 6 Plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4 / iPod - Touch, Shuffle, Nano, Classic / iPad - 4, 3, 2, 1, Mini, Air (retina display) / Samsung Galaxy - S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Note 2 / Amazon Kindle HD & HDX / Tablets / Laptops / PC Desktops / MP3 Players & Other Android, Smartphone Devices - HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Google Nexus & Amazon Fire Phone.
- Features: Offers true stereo sound, a secure and comfortable fit, easy intuitive hands free controls (AVRCP), and quality audio delivery. The over-the-head pillow ensures comfortable fit, and the ear pillows not only ensure the ultimate comfort, but also isolate noise for better listening experience.
- Functions: Easily pairs with your device for first time. Then it can automatically detect the device and pair in less than a few seconds. Integrated playback controls - play/pause, answer/hang up (hands-free function), skip forward/back, volume up/down, and built-in microphone directly on the headset.
- Sound Quality & Battery Life: Covers high, low, and middle ranges well without too much emphasis on either end. The battery can last up to 4-5 hours of continuous playback or talk time, and the device can be charged in about an hour and ready to go.
Alpatronix HX100 Wireless Bluetooth Rechargeable Headset / Headphones with Built-In Microphone & Playback Controls
Overview:The high-performance HX100 produces amazing sound that is Bluetooth compatible. This Bluetooth headset is versatile designed for any activity. Functioning both as audio streaming headphones as well as a hands-free telephone communication device, this headset allows the user to perform most of the audio functions related to the smartphone directly from the headset.Features:
High Quality Sound
One-Button Handsfree Control (Answer/Hang up)
Playback Controls (Play, Pause, Skip Forward/Back)
Volume Control (Up/Down)
Comfortable Cushioned Earpillows
Bluetooth Compatibility - Easily pairs with device for first time setup.
Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20KHz
Impedance: 32 ohms
4-5 Hours of Continuous Playback or Talktime
Getting the Bluetooth connection was very simple, and the headset connected easily with my iPhone 5, Ipad 3, and a friend's Samsung Galaxy phone and his MacBook Air. Despite fiddling with Windows settings and searching the internet for drivers, I was never successful getting the headset to work with my Win7 desktop, and my friend's MacBook could not connect to it when booted up in Windows, either. I was disappointed, but this was also the case with the HX200, so I wasn't surprised.
After an initial impression that the sound was lacking sufficient bass, either I got used to it or the speakers improved, because I was comfortably switching between music and audiobooks within the first hour, with no noticeable pops, whines or loss of quality. This headset can't match the full sound of DJ headphones, but I had no complaints listening to a range of musical styles and spoken word, both in loud work environments and outdoors. Picking up phone conversations is simply a matter of remembering which button to push (the middle one on the right earphone) and works flawlessly.
After the initial 12-hour charge, I rarely felt the need to recharge the headset. 4-6 hours of use is easily within a single charge.
My only complaints about the headset have to do with the physical qualities of the headset. The power cable used for the headset ends in a round plug, rather than the micro USB plug that has become standard for most electronics. This is a minor quibble, only mentioned because I worry that replacing a lost cable would be incrementally more difficult than if I just needed to grab one from the pile of cables in my electronics drawer. The second, more substantial problem that I have with the headset is that the the speaker cuffs are a little small for my ears, meaning that my ears ache after a long period of use. This is likely not a problem for most women, and only some men, but I thought it worth mentioning.
Overall, I am happy with this headset, and I feel comfortable recommending them for someone who intends to use them for listening to music or audiobooks, and needs a hands-free solution for their phone. If what you want is booming bass, you won't find it here, but you can't go wrong for most solutions at this price.
The big downside for me is that it blocks very little external noise. My primary listening time for audiobooks is on the subway and I find that I have to crank the volume up to compensate for the noisy environment.
Price: $39.95 is a good price point. A comparable set of headphones from Bose would cost around $250.
Sound: Dynamic range is good. Expect solid lows and sharp highs. The bluetooth connection is solid.
Battery: They last a good long time. After hours of use during work, the battery showed no degradation. In fact, I haven't run it down yet.
Microphone: The mic works well. My wife called me and we talked while I was wearing the headphones. She said she could hear me with no problem.
Materials: Plastic and vinyl look and feel cheap. On the upside, no animals were harmed in the production of these headphones!
Connection isn't automatic: This is odd. The HX200 automatically connects with my iPhone when I hold the button on the headset for eight seconds or so. But the HX100 doesn't behave the same. For this headphone to connect, you have to hold the headphone button for about eight seconds, then you have to go to the iPhone bluetooth settings and tap connect. I don't understand why the two headphones attach to the same device differently. This is annoying and time consuming.
Conclusion: Wearing these headphones is something you may only want to do in private. They're big and bold. It's not something I would wear walking or running down the street, or while grocery shopping. People would look at you funny. However, around the house, or at my desk at the office, they're perfectly comfortable to wear for a long period of time. Because they cover the ears completely, they really put you in a cone of silence!
Bottom line: The HX100 is definitely worth the price if you are anxious to get the freedom of wireless. Thumbs up!